John P. Seiler (born May 27, 1963) is an American politician and 41st
Mayor of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Prior to this he was a Democratic
member of the Florida House of Representatives, from 2000 to 2008
representing District 92 which is located in Broward County,
1 Political career
1.1 Wilton Manors
1.2 Fort Lauderdale
1.2.1 Homeless initiatives
3 External links
Seiler moved to Wilton Manors, Florida, around 1988. Seiler served
as city council member and then vice mayor of Wilton Manors from 1993
to 1998. In 1998, Seiler was elected mayor of Wilton Manors,
defeating incumbent King Wilkinson who had been accused of making
Seiler was a candidate to succeed term-limited
Jim Naugle in the
2009 mayoral election for Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He was elected
February 10, 2009, winning against three opponents with more than 57
percent of the vote, avoiding a run-off election. Analysis of
the race suggests Seiler won because of high name recognition and
strong fundraising that exceeded $250,000. Seiler was sworn in
March 17, 2009.
On January 31, 2012, Seiler was reelected with 75% of the vote in a
In November 2014, Seiler received nationwide attention; reports
that Arnold Abbott, a 90-year-old World War II veteran had been
arrested for feeding the homeless in public, in Fort Lauderdale went
viral. The New York Times reports that "Fort Lauderdale, despite a
reputation for being more progressive than most Florida cities on
homelessness, passed a series of measures that surprised and drew the
ire of homeless activists." The measure further restricting food
distribution in public places loosened restrictions on feeding in
private or religious buildings. Other new measures tightened
restrictions on panhandling, having property and sleeping in public,
but the Mayor says his city is not harsh on homeless people, reported
the Times. While video available on YouTube shows Arnold Abbott and
ministers being taken away in police custody, the Mayor states that Mr
Arnold had not been arrested, but rather was detained, cited, and
ordered to appear in court. Those cited face possible jail
time and have taken the city to court to fight the ordinance.
^ a b James, Meg; Bousquet, Steve. "Time for a Change, Voters Say".
Miami Herald. March 12, 1998.
^ a b Heit, Jennifer. "Lawyer, 29, Gets Manors Council Seat". Sun
Sentinel. April 18, 1993.
^ a b "Rep. John P. "Jack" Seiler". Florida House of Representatives.
^ Lyons, Doug (2007-07-02). "Who will succeed Jack Seiler?". South
Florida Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved 2009-02-11. ("Next year will be
state Rep. Jack Seiler's last year in the Florida House ...")
^ a b Sherman, Amy (2009-02-11). "
Jack Seiler wins race for Fort
Lauderdale mayor". The
Miami Herald. Retrieved 2009-02-11. [dead
^ Man, Anthony (2009-02-10). "Jack Seiler, Fort Lauderdale's new
mayor: "It feels great"". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved
^ Wallman, Brittany (2009-02-10). "Seiler crushes opponents in Ft.
Lauderdale mayoral win, Rodstrom will get second term". South Florida
Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved 2009-02-11.
^ Wallman, Brittany (2009-02-09). "
Jack Seiler tops $250,000 in
contributions for Lauderdale mayor's race". South Florida
Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved 2009-02-11.
^ Sherman, Amy (2009-03-17). "Fort Lauderdale commission swearing-in
marks changing of the guard". The
Miami Herald. Retrieved
2009-03-17. [dead link]
^ "Presidential Preference Primary and Municipal Elections:
1/31/2012". Broward Country Supervisor of Elections. Retrieved
November 4, 2012.
"Mayor John P. "Jack" Seiler". City of Fort Lauderdale.
Jack Seiler for Mayor - Ft. Lauderdale". Official Campaign
Follow the Money - John P. Seiler
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